Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
1C THE UTWtlOGl HEtALD Satvrlay, 35, You Ask Me By Bill PROVICK 50 Years In Theatre Business For A. W. (Shack) Shackleford f YEN the bad times are good. The (xnseisus o[ icy opinions, illusions, confusions tad vague ideas is that after all I still do love Western Canada tad in particular Sure Western Canada has its hangups just like any place and many of these hang ups are eitremely frustrate ud sad. I came vest Irom Ottawa after having been instilled with love for Western Canada mainly due to the Great Western Myth that bas been making the rounds down east (or so fcog. The Great Western Myth: that Western Canada bas nothing but warm, (riendly people free from all coldness and pfaoniness. 1 found mis myth, a myth, but came through my dis- illusion with a strong feeling for a more basic, honest Western Canada, a Uod Kith great potential if it can overcome Ms often petty attitude, including name-calling, to- wards other parts of Canada. The Great Eastern Myth thai Eastern Canada is selfish and contains nothing but pilhisd, decadent, money- grubbing, cold, antagonistic people oil to destroy Western Canada economically added (a my frustration. The temptation, occasionally, succumbed to, was to natch western jealousy and fanaticism with a blind fanati- cism for the east. But now I have to laugh at the childish argument as to which is better Eastern or Western Canada. The em-elope please and the winner is Canada. Yes, we're all and I can only laugh at anyone desiring to follow blind regionalism, for like the west, me east bas many faults but also many good points. I tan grown tired trying convince westerners wbo hare never been east Lbat the east isn't as bad as the Great Eastern Myth would have them believe. They must go there and see for themselves. We should travel as much as possible and see the varied sections of our country firsthand and live vtti different people before passing judgment. f was bora in Ottawa but feel strongly that any city in tMs country is my city if I decide to stop and make my life there. And so I am leaving, not because I dislike western Canada or Lethbridge but raflier because there are other equally wonderful places and faces lo be seen. It'll be just so long for now and God bless you western Canada. As my parents used to say. "You're just going through stage." FINISH HIGH SCHOOL AT HOME IN SPARE TIME If you are 17 or over and hov. dropped out of school, write for FREE LESSONS anil FREE booklet tell] howl THE FASTEST AND MOST CONVENIENT WAY TO GET A HIGH SCHOOl DIPLOMA. Prepare lo write Depl. of Education or College Entrance For free book "How lo finlih Hi oh School ol NAMi........................................... ADBRESS NATIONAL COLLEGE (ALtA.) 414 Mi An. S.L, CALOABT PHONE 362-4M7 A CANADIAN SCHOOL LETHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 51 All parenhi whose children are attending, or will be attending GAIBRATTX, GEORGE McXIUOP OR WESTMINSTER SCHOOl are invited to atlend a SPECIAL MEETING of UAIBRAITH SCHOOl on Wednesday, April 29th, at p.m. The purpote of the meeting it h> SCHOOl BOUNDARY CHANGES IN NORTH LETHBRIPGE SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA TOMORROW APRIL 26th 2-.30 p.m. Presented by all Church School Doparlment! nnd Mid-Week Groups under ihe supervision of Mr. Allan The Church al Work-Play and Worship ol home and in ihe CHURCH UNIVERSAL. TALENT SHOW MISSION PROJECTS GAMES LUNCH VESPER SERVICE MR. DON DORAM IS DIRECTOR OF All CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PROGRAMS Make This Your Happening! By JOAN BOWMAN HtraU EiirrUuwnl Mnirr Back when Tom Mix and Tony, Ihe wooder horse, were slopping eiil saloon keepers from foreclosing on the poor rancher's daughter, a young nun from Calgary came to Lethbridge to look over a run- down theatre, the Kings. The Kings stood on Letb- bridge'i theatre row of the day, 5th Street South. It was smack up against the larger Empress (now the Capitol Furniture store) and was don Ihe way from the Colonial at 414 Hh Street South. Farther along was fee huge Majestic Theatre (nuw Purity Dairy) on 5th The Kings, a SO-square-foot money loser, didn't loot too premising, but the young nun, 21, liked Lethbridge then a city of A year Later, after the Kings' owners offered him the mana- ager's job for a week and five per cent of the profits, be returned to the city. This was the beginning of A W. Shackleford's 50-year con- nection with Lethbridge and its entertainment industry. or Mr. Shackleford was a man wbo never intended to enter the theatre business. Bom in Essex, England, in 1899, he arrived in Calgary with his parents in 1901. He original- ly wanted to be an architect and spent three years at the Calgary school of. technology and arts. He worked as a chem- ist for Pat Burns during UK First World War when western beef was the mainstay of Cana- dian troops. Prior lo this be bad sold Bob Edwards' Eye Opener and other newspapers, and uAcred in the Regent Theatre (now the Hudson's Bay Store.) Despite his schooling in maths and drafting, and bis father's plans, "The theatre business always lurked in the background." In his first two days as man- ager of the Kings, Mr. Shackle- ford piilled in 'disappointing box office of not enough to cover the tlOO overhead. "But Tom Mbc saved me." Because of an earlier job with Lhe Calgary film exchange, he was able to get rights on west- erns, the popular shows of the day, and their heroes (and horses) Ken Uaynard, Hoot Gibson, Wifliim Faramu and Mix. The Kings entered 1922 in the red. In 1925, Mr. ShacUeford, with a partner, bought the lease of the dug in his heels. In 1929 Mr. ShacUeford went east to borrow money from Famous Players Canadian Cor- poration. The corporation, t subsidiary of the American firm founded by Adolph Zukor, like Mr. Shackleford, entered the theatre business m 1920. I One year later in combina- tion with partners al- ways had gone it he opened a reno- vated Pftlace, formerly the Col- onial, oad re-named it the Capi- tol. The Colonial's biumea had died with the oemue of vaude- ville. By this time, only Lhe Capi- tol, Empress and the Majestic remained. The Kings, currently the Riti Restaurant, had been sold and converted to a pool The Majestic, an 850 seat house complete with box seats, could "handle stage snows of any size." Among its attrac- tions were the Dumbbells, lamed First World War enter- tainers. Sir Harry Lander ap- peared here, as did the son of Wiiyarn Booth, founder of the Salvation Army. But during the late 1920s, the Majestic had fallen into dis- use. Money was becoming scarce; touring groups tended to bypass Lethbridge for Cal- gary and other centres along the transcontinental railway. In 1930 LetnbrirJge Theatres Hi., which had come into being over the Capitol opening, once again joined Famous Players lo buy the Majestic. With Famous Playera, Lethbridge Theatres, (Mr. Shackleford was its presi- dent) formed Majestic Thra- Lres Ui. Along Lhe way he established Leihbridge Amusements Co, Ltd., which in 1924 renovated a broken down none, on Hen- derson Lake, Into a pavilion. In 1930, Theatres Ltd., again with Famous Play- ers, bought out the Empress Theatre. Mr. Shackleford with his silent and other- wise, OTVUH) all Ihrrc brkige rrovie bouses: the Cap- itol, Roxy (the re-named Em- press) and the Majestic. The Lealta, on 13Ui St, N., had been founded as the Mon- arch in 1912. The Lealla wai never owned by Mr. Shaclde- ford. It became I bank and a movie hoiiso, sr.d by iSSJ had gone out of business.) During the 1930s and 1940s, LeUibridge Theatres Urf. ac- cumulated land on the site ol tody's Paramount "I figured that's the way the city would Mr. ford said. The admusioa was higher loan the adult-fare of the King; Theatre in 1421, but here was no telerisioa around o cut Me movie audkace zes. The stirs of the day were Dorothy Mjckaill, Clara Bow, Vete, Gary Cooper, Emil Richard Barthet- Jean Harlow, Polly Koran, Conrad Nigel and Jotayy Wewmuller h e swimming In 1944, Lethbridge Amuse- ments died with the sale of Henderson Lake Pavilion. The sale was in line with Mr. Shackleford's business slogan: no Butter wut it costs if it doesn't work, get rid of H. 1950 marked the opening of two new ventures by Leth- bridge Theatres and Faicous Players. In partnership, Lhe two opened the Para- mount Theatre. Mr. ShacUe- ford, as president of the Leth- bridge Drive In Co. Ltd., bought out the drrn-iB, whfch curreaUy STSesrs. Lktcr addttiaBa to Letfahndav Ttatres were tto at Ml Pamnuat Cmenu IB 1M nd the (M ml Qa- enu in IMt. CaUenon LctB- bridgc Ltd. opened 1M. The Roty bad MU by 190. Mr. ShacklefonTc me hi the busben world was ponied by efeetta to a of dub aad political He aenod city oouBol for I total M yean, inctadiBl II yean ai mayor. Be has aerrcd on the execute 4 the Leth- bridge Exbmitiai Betid, Gyro InUnatkaal, Masonc Loigc, Alberta Theatres Canadian -Federation af Harors and Itonicipalitiea, eta. The list visioa Lethbridge, Liihbridge Drm-Ia mt Ltthbridce Cm- "Snack" is pmldad: of fire conpmes: An eras, Hijesne Cabte- Aad as many iraat- at the earlr BM aluuct M eaont "I had to havt everything B btack aad But be finned, I Be abarata but managed thea aU. I doe't knew why J went late the theatre Bdutry. KitiaUy aot t axirie buff.) K WM ahraji ibietrjr t baiima with me. "I dont thmk TO ever retire to inactivity. I tt bird becaae it's the only way la be a success. It has Bathing to. bo with money. It's soraetting to keep me So 'uys the cUer, young man who stcyed m Lttb- because he nked the etty. A. W.' SHAOOBOID TOM SAWYER DREW CROWDS IN EARLY THEATRE DAYS Chairman Of Bahrfi Reginald Newtirk, of Letbbridge history student, was elected chairman of the UUibridge Baha'i Spiritual As- sembly recently. It was the first election of of fleers held by the Leihbridge Baha'is since the group was es- tablished In 1961. Due to toe small membership, officers wera formerly appointed. Also elected to the executive ere: Morgan Gadd, vice-chair- man; Mrs. Enid Wrate, rec- ording secretary; Mrs. Anna Gangur, corresponding secre- tary; and Harold Tichenor, 0 ON OVER SMOKES MOKING A ipeeJal educational couno en smoiinfl and hearth will be held if enough inleietiod penem wtw genuinely to nuiAlny ctnd in (tie following coupon. 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